Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

AAD - Applied Art and Design
ACC - Accounting
ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
AGS - Agricultural Studies
ANT - Anthropology
ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
ART - Art
ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
ATP - Automotive Technology
BIO - Biology
BUS - Business
CDL - Interdisciplinary
CE - Cooperative Education-Disney World
CE - Hospitality
CE - Office Technology
CEL - Leadership
CHE - Chemistry
CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
CIN - Cinema Studies
CIS - Computer Information Systems
CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician
COM - Communication
COS - College Success
CPT - Computer Technology
CRC - Computer Related Curricula
CRJ - Criminal Justice
CSC - Computer Science
DAS - Dental Assisting
DEN - Dental Hygiene
EBL - Experience Based Learning
ECE - Education and Early Care
ECO - Economics
EDU - Education
ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
ENG - English Literature
ENG - English Writing
ENR - Engineering Science
ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
FRE - French/Foreign Language
FSA - Food Service Administration
GEG - Geography
GEO - Geology
GER - German/Foreign Language
GLF - Golf Management
HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
HED - Health Education
HEG - Health Education Global
HIM - Health Information Technology
HIS - History
HMN - Humanities
HON - Honors Studies
HPR - Health Professions
HSM - Homeland Security Administration
HSP - Hospitality
HTL - Hotel Technology
HUM - Human Services
HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
IDE - Interior Design
ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
LAW - Law
LDS - Leadership
MAR - Marketing
MET - Mechanical Technology
MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics
MTH - Mathematics
MUS - Music
NUR - Nursing
OFT - Office Technology
OPT - Optical Systems Technology
PE - Physical Education--Coed
PEC - Physical Education--Coed
PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
PEM - Physical Education--Men
PEW - Physical Education-Women
PHL - Philosophy
PHO - Photography
PHO 101 - Photography for Non-Majors I

3 Credits

A course which may be used by students wishing to employ photography for personal expression as well as those wishing to use the course work to supplement or enter a career education. Students acquire skills in the use of photographic equipment and processes through a series of assignments including such subjects as stop-action, available light, flash and portrait lighting, developing negatives and producing finished enlargements. All equipment necessary to complete the projects is made available to the students, who may also use the course work to achieve better results from any equipment they may own. Two class hours, two laboratory hours. This course fulfills the MCC requirements for a humanities elective. (SUNY-A)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the basic functions of a 35 mm camera.
2. Create properly exposed images using camera controls.
3. Utilize current digital tools in the field of photography.
4. Create photographic prints exhibiting correct density and contrast.
5. Critique a photographic image which could include exposure, composition or content.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

PHO 106 - Photography I

3 Credits

Introduction to the principles, techniques, and theories of the photographic process. The course examines the fundamentals of photographic equipment and digital procedures, including exposure, organization and enhancement of digital photographic images. Natural light assignments will be supported by lectures and demonstrations. Student supplies digital manually adjustable camera and external hard drive. Three laboratory/class hours. (SUNY-A).

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Use camera light meter to achieve optimum image exposure.
2.Describe the relationship between a camera's aperture and shutter speed settings.
3.Apply the camera's aperture and shutter speed settings to achieve a desired photographic result.
4.Identify compositional guidelines.
5.Assess how an audience is affected through photographic images.
6.Evaluate the tonal values of images as they relate to proper exposure.
7.Critique a photographic image.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

PHO 113 - Photography II

3 Credits

An intermediate photographic course with emphasis on exposure control, white balance and mixed lighting situations, studio and location lighting techniques. Assignments designed for visual impact, image communication, technical and aesthetic qualities. Student supplies camera, photographic inkjet paper, and removable flash unit. Two class hours, three laboratory hours.

Prerequisite: PHO 106 or permission of instructor

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Apply various lighting techniques to produce well-executed studio based photographic imagery.
2. Apply various digital techniques to produce well-executed studio based photographic imagery.
3. Apply natural light and portable flash modification techniques in the production of location imagery.
4. Use adjustment tools in contemporary photographic imaging software to modify color contrast when converting images to black and white.
5. Produce a photo essay that tells the story of a person, place or event.
6. Engage in the critical examination of images, noting potential improvement through in-depth group critiques.

Course Offered Spring only

PHO 135 - Digital Photography for the Arts

3 Credits

An introduction to the technical, operational and creative aspects of digital photography. The course focuses on the application of foundational design skills and creative strategies to the medium of digital photography. Techniques of planning, refining, capturing and enhancing images are explored in a computer lab setting. Hands-on experience with digital cameras and photographic imaging software is emphasized. Students will be required to demonstrate their comprehension of the technical and aesthetic aspects of digital photography by solving a series of creative problems and by creating a portfolio documenting their art from other classes . Three class hours. This course fulfills the MCC requirement for a humanities elective.

Prerequisite: ART 109

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Utilize the digital camera's metering system, aperture settings, and shutter speed controls to capture correctly exposed original photographic images in available light situations.
2. Apply foundational design skills to the creation of original imagery using the medium of digital photography.
3. Import images from the digital camera into a computer based image editing system.
4. Edit digital images using image editing software.
5. Produce original finished photographic prints using a range of creative strategies.
6. Analyze images using formal design and photographic terminology, as well as aesthetic considerations.
7. Light two- and three-dimensional artwork for documentation and the creation of a portfolio.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

PHO 140 - History of Photography: Early

3 Credits

Through a review of photographic technologies and traditions prior to World War I, photography's contribution to nineteenth century visual art is examined within the context of social, cultural, political, economic, and scientific impact. Specific topics will include: the portraiture industry; medical, criminal, and ethnographic photography; war documentation; travel and exploration photography; photography as a tool for social reform; and the medium’s relationship to the fine arts. Illustrated presentations, lectures, research, field trips and discussion. This course fulfills the MCC requirement for a humanities course and a social science elective. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the events leading to the creation of photography.
2. Describe various early photographic processes.
3. Compare various early photographic processes.
4. Compare early uses of photography as social and political viewpoints between various countries.
5. Explain the photographic role in producing cultural histories.
6. Explain 19th and early 20th century uses of photography in economic contexts.
7. Explain Pictorialism as it relates to photography's struggle for acceptance as an Art.

Course Offered Fall only

PHO 145 - History of Photography: Modern

3 Credits

A critical analysis of post World War I photography which questions the medium’s role in art, journalism, propaganda, advertising, and everyday life. Major movements, practitioners, and leading photographic theoreticians are examined in the context of photography’s ability to record the “truth” and influence social and cultural identity. Illustrated lectures and presentations, discussion, field trips, and individual research projects. This course fulfills the MCC requirement for a humanities and a social science elective. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Compare German and Russian photography between World War I and World War II to the American photographic traditions during the same time.
2. Summarize the events that allowed America's documentary style to emerge as the leading voice in photography.
3. Evaluate photographic movement for historical relevance.
4. Describe the photographic truth fallacy in terms of culture, advertising, or identity.
5. Discuss the work of contemporary photographers.
6. Compare the works of significant photographic practitioners throughout the world.
7. Describe the photographic styles associated with the creation of various photographic magazines.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

PHO 164 - Digital Imaging

3 Credits

As an introduction to the technical and aesthetic fundamentals of digital photographic imaging, this course introduces students to non-destructive editing techniques to modify, manipulate, and enhance photographic images for use in various visual communication fields. The course will address all stages of file management, including the capture, export, enhancement and manipulation, uploading, and printing of photographic images. Three lab and lecture hours.

PHO 106 or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify different modes of color production.
2. Create accurate color representations in soft digital display.
3. Apply methods of non-destructive image editing and manipulation using contemporary image editing software on original photographic imagery.
4. Describe the various kinds of image file types as applied to different photographic situations.
5. Apply current photographic terminology to critique works of others.
6. Describe the relationships between primary, secondary, and complimentary colors.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

PHO 213 - Studio Photography

4 Credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to an advanced production of color digital photographs. Utilizing a strong studio component, the application of large format cameras and electronic strobe lighting will be explored in a variety of settings, including portraiture, illustration, and commercial assignments. Two class hours. Four laboratory hours.

Prerequisite: COM 106 or PHO 106 or COM 113 or PHO 113 or permission of instructor

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify variations in color temperature.
2. Manage the variations of incorrect or mixed color temperatures in photographic images.
3. Demonstrate proper operation of studio strobe lighting equipment for photographic imagery.
4. Utilize the view camera perspective controls to produce professional photographic imagery.
5. Demonstrate correct handling, exposure, and proper techniques for digitally scanning color film.
6. Utilize the studio equipment for editorial photography.
7. Utilize the studio equipment for conceptual photography.
8. Critique images through group critiques.

Course Offered Spring only

PHO 223 - Photojournalism and Documentation

3 Credits

An advanced course in applied photography that introduces the equipment, techniques, skills and concepts of a photographic document. Class includes both the creation of original documentary photographs, as well as the editing, sequencing, captioning and layout of a photo essay. Two class hours, two lab hours.

Prerequisite: COM 106 or PHO 106 or COM 113 or PHO 113 or permission of instructor

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Plan an impactful photo essay.
2. Shoot an impactful photo essay.
3. Discuss the ethical rules of photo journalistic professions.
4. Discuss the professional practices of photo journalistic professions.
5. Implement techniques for editing a photographic essay for print or digital media.
6. Implement techniques for layout of a photographic essay for print media.
7. Implement techniques for layout of a photographic essay for digital media.
8. Identify compositional elements used in photojournalism to heighten the impact of the story.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

PHO 290 - Independent Study

Variable Credit

See the Department Chairperson.

Course Offered Fall only

PHY - Physics
PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
PLS - Paralegal Studies
POR - Portuguese/Foreign Language
POS - Political Science
PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
PSC - Public Safety Communications
PSC - Public Safety Training
PST - Public Safety Training
PSY - Psychology
REA - Reading
SBS - Honors Studies
SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
SCI - Science
SCR - Computer Security
SGT - Surgical Technology
SMT - Sports Management
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
SPC - Speech Communication
STT - Solar Thermal Technology
SUS - Sustainability Studies
SVL - Service Learning
TAM - Tooling and Machining
TEK - Technology
THE - Theatre
TOY - Toyota
TRS - Transitional Studies
TVL - Travel And Tourism
XRT - Radiologic Technology